Osceola, WI: Motorbooks International, 1995. Presumed First U.S. Edition/First Printing. Hardcover. Format is approximately 8 inches by 10.25 inches. 167,  pages. Illustrations (many in color). Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Illustrated DJ. Minor wear to boards and crinkling of the DJ at the bottom of the spine. Previously published by Airlife Publishing Ltd, England in 1995. Contents include The Citizen Soldier, Army Organisation, Combat Uniforms, Headwear, Small-Arms and Field Equipment, Documents and Insignia, and Armistice 1943, The beginning of the end. The personal recollections of some Italian officers and private soldiers are presented in this study, providing a portrait of the Italian soldier during the years of fascism under Mussolini. Rex Trye was born in New Zealand and comes from a family with generations of military service. His great-great grandfather served in India for over two decades and was involved in responding to the Indian Mutiny. He has had a long-standing interest in military history and has for most of his career been involved in publishing. This book begins with a broad historical overview of the rise of Fascism in Italy and describes the military doctrine and organization of the different combat and service units. The September 8, 1943 armistice in which Italy surrendered to the allies is outlines as is the fall of Mussolini and the beginning of the of Italy's active participation in the Second World War. The book is illustrated with period photographs, many of which had not been published before. Surviving items of uniform, equipment, documents and insignia are presented through color photographs. Condition: Very good / Very good.
Keywords: Italian Army, Fascism, Antonio D'Angelo, Bersaglieri, Frontier Guard, Uniforms, Military Equipment, Insignia, Decorations, Miliza Volontaris, Small Arms, Revolvers, Pistols, Tunic, Pantaloons, Protective Clothing, Militia, Volunteers